The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund has just announced its second Request for Proposals for global and regional civil society networks addressing HIV related issues. Global and regional networks that meet the definitions and criteria set by the Fund’s Request for Proposals, are invited to apply for a grant to support core-funding and/or programmatic needs of the network for up to two years.

Find out all you need to know about this request for proposals on their new website at

The deadline for submission of proposals is 22 July 2013 at 12:00 CET.

About the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund

Launched in Washington DC in July 2012, the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund announced its first funding decisions in December 2012. The fund was named in the honour of Dr Robert Carr, to recognize his memory and work. Inspired by his commitment to vulnerable communities and protecting their human rights, the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is aimed at:

  1. supporting global and regional civil society networks addressing critical factors for scaling up access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; and
  2. protecting the rights of inadequately served populations across the world

An important fund for key populations

The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund focusses on networks that address the needs and human rights of inadequately served populations. These are key and other populations that face a higher HIV risk, mortality and/or morbidity when compared to the general population, and have, at the same time, less access to information and services. They include people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, women and men who use drugs, prisoners, sex workers and transgender people and in a number of localities would also include women and girls, youth, migrants, and people living in rural areas.

Focussing on civil society networks

Civil society networks play a crucial role in addressing barriers to access to services for inadequately served populations. Networks support their members with services that are grounded in reality, and engage most effectively in national resource conversations. Networks also play a strong role in advocacy by securing the voice and leadership of the communities and populations most affected by HIV. When properly resourced and effective, many networks influence important policy developments at global, regional and national levels, that cascade and often lead to more effective and efficient national and local programmes – delivered by governments as well as civil society.

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